We enjoy family game time, including board games. Trip is now seven, so he’s developing skills to better play more complicated games. We have moved on from games like Candy Land, and the games are more fun for adults to play. Here’s a list of a few of our favorites the past few years. It includes a lot of classic games!
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1. Sorry! A fun game with some strategy and some luck involved. The goal is to race around the board to get your four pawns into the safe zone. Depending on the card you draw, you might send an opponent back a few spaces or way back to start. Sorry…not sorry! Of course, turnabout is fair play. Trip likes playing with the Fire and Ice Power-ups, which allow you to freeze an opponent or help your pawns along the board.
2. Operation Another classic game. Players take turns attempting to remove parts from the board. You have to be careful, or you’ll get buzzed! There are many different versions, including a super cool Star Wars edition.
3. Jenga Simple game to play. Blocks are formed in a tower to start. Players take turns removing blocks one-by-one and re-stack onto the tower. There’s suspense as each block is removed and lots of laughs when the tower falls.
4. Connect 4 Time to be strategic and connect four of your colored game pieces in a row before your opponent does!
5. Trouble I think the draw of this game is the Pop-o-Matic that is used to roll the die. The object is to race your four pawns from start to your safety zone. There may be trouble along the way. Opponents can send each other back to start by landing on their pawns. When just Trip and I play, we double up and each play two colors.
6. Spot It! This card consists of a deck of cards. Each card has a variety of pictures on them. Two cards are placed on the table for comparison. Each pair of cards has one–and only one–matching picture. The goal is to spot the matching picture on the cards before your opponent. It can be fast paced and a lot of fun, and it can be played by people of a wide span of ages.
7. Scrabble Junior Trip received this game a couple years ago, and at first I thought it was a little tough for a four-year-old. But, it’s actually a game that is good for developing letter and word-building skills for young kids. The box says 5 and up. The board has two sides. One side has words already printed on it. This side is good for children who can identify letters and are just beginning to put together words. The other side looks more like a traditional Scrabble board for kids who are able to spell their own words.
8. Bounce-Off Game Trip received this game for Christmas. I was told, “We got him beer pong for kids.” That’s what it looks like with the ping pong balls. The object of the game is to land balls in patterns on the grid before the other person. If you win the challenge, you get the card. Collect three cards to win the round.
9. UNO A fun game where players try to discard all their cards by matching their hand to the discard pile (matching colors, numbers, or using a wild). There are many different versions, including a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-themed game. The TMNT UNO game also has an added pizza card. The person who plays the card gets to call the color like a Wild card, and the next person has to draw cards from the card pile until they get one that features a turtle.
10. Monopoly Junior Players buy property and compete to stay in the green. Expenses pop up, like when you have to pay an opponent because you landed on their property. If you can’t pay, it’s game over! I like this version even more than “grown-up” Monopoly. It moves (and ends) much quicker!
What are your favorite games for elementary-aged kids?